Classic lasagne

Classic lasagne

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Cooking time

Prep: 20 mins Cook: 1 hr, 40 mins Plus 1 hr for making sauces

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Serves 6

Keep vegetarians and meat-eaters happy - make two classic sauces, then assemble your lasagnes

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  • Freezable
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  • 2 tbsp olive oil, plus a little for greasing
  • 750g lean beef mince
  • 90g pack prosciutto
  • ½ quantity tomato sauce (see below)
  • 200ml hot beef stock
  • a little grated nutmeg
  • 300g fresh pack lasagne sheets
  • ½ quantity white sauce (see below)
  • 125g ball mozzarella

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  1. First make the ragu or meat sauce. Heat the oil in a frying pan, then cook the beef in two batches for about 10 mins until browned all over. Finely chop 4 slices of prosciutto, then stir through the meat mixture.
  2. Pour over the tomato sauce and stock, add the nutmeg, then season. Bring up to the boil, then simmer for 30 mins until the ragu looks rich and is well coated in sauce. Can be left for 3 days in the fridge or frozen for 3 months (although not if the tomato sauce has previously been frozen).
  3. Heat oven to 180C/fan 160C/gas 4. To assemble lasagne, lightly oil an ovenproof serving dish (30 x 20cm). Spoon over a third of the ragu sauce, then cover with lasagne sheets. Drizzle over about one quarter of the white sauce. Repeat until you have 3 layers of pasta. Cover with the remaining half quantity of white sauce, making sure you can’t see any pasta poking through.
  4. Tear the mozzarella into thin strips, then scatter over the top. Arrange the rest of the prosciutto on top. Bake for 45 mins until the top is bubbling and lightly browned. (The uncooked lasagne can be frozen. If baking from frozen, add another 45 mins to the cooking time).

Recipe from Good Food magazine, May 2009

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crunchymunchy's picture
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I used this recipe to make chicken lasagna and I loved it!!! I used about 500 gm seared chicken breasts, 4.5 cups of pasta, made passata out of 7 tomatoes , garlic, basil leaves and olive oil, onion. I also mixed in a vegetable stock cube with the cooked pasta before assembling...i baked it in a round dish for 35 minutes...was delicious!!!! Thanks for this recipe!!! I needed to salt everything, even the white sauce.thumbs up!

big tom's picture
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I made this recipe for the first time yesterday (6/1/2015) and it was everything past reviews saidxabout it - in a word 'superb' . I followed the recipe as stated with 2 small variations. I used passata, instead of tinned chopped tomatoes, and I added 50 GMs of parmesan to the white sauce. For the white wine I used a good glass of Chardonnay. The results were very, very, satisfying. We shall be enjying it again.

ausalb's picture
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This was so good. I didn't have beef stock so added red wine instead, i will try with stock next time and compare. I also added courgette, carrot and mushroom finely chopped (saute with onion and garlic before adding the mince) - I had a vegetarian over so removed a bit of this into a 2nd pot before adding the mince and prosciutto to the main - viola, vegie version. I also put a small grating of parmesan onto of the mozzarella before putting in oven to get that crispy effect. Delicious!

amylauren6's picture
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I think the recipe is really good, yes there is too much ragu sauce, but I just froze some and used it for meatballs another time. I used 500g beef mince and 250g pork mince because that's all I had in. I added some extra ingredients too, sun dried tomatoes to the ragu and a sprinkle of parmesan to the white sauce...also some cheddar on top as well as the mozzarella :) (greedy, but so good) my mum said it was the nicest lasagne she's ever had and she's tough to please! :D I would recommend this recipe.


tillyfloss80's picture
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This is the best lasagne dish I've ever had and pretty easy actually. I wasn't sure when I'd made the tomato sauce, didn't seem anything special, but once cooked in to the meat it's so rich and tasty. Empty plates all round, including the fussy pre-teen!
Ok, with regards to comments about the recipe and ingredients and sizing ....for some people (like me) recipes like this are great as I like to freeze as I cook. I froze half of the tomato sauce, making life easier when I came to make it again. (Just made half the white sauce recipe the first time but a cheese sauce next time, personal preference.) The recipe using the sauces as a vegetarian option is the roasted vegetable lasagne on the right hand side just above here.
Give this recipe a try, delicious x

Mike313's picture

Before you use this recipe, go to the Questions section, and see the reply from the GoodFoodTeam to questions about this recipe. I'm glad I noticed this before starting to cook because this recipe is confusing.
Firstly it says this recipe will " vegetarians and meat-eaters happy" but this is a beef dish...?
Secondly, it refers to "½ quantity tomato sauce" and "½ quantity white sauce" and does not explain what the other "½ quantity" of each sauce is to be used for.
It turns out that this recipe is intended (according to the reply from the GoodFoodTeam) for making TWO lasagnes, one destined for freezing.
So, before cooking, you will need to adjust your quantities (a) if you just want to make one lasagne and (b) adjust again if you are cooking for more, or less than 6 people.
Ideally, I think the recipe should be re-written, with quantities for one lasagne. Let's keep it simple!

lizzieo_88's picture

This recipe is incredibly confusing. It says "keep meat-eaters and vegetarians happy..." yet has no reference to a vegetarian lasagna, and I cannot think why the ingredients specify 1/2 of the tomato sauce / white sauce - why not just write the actual amounts needed?! I'm sure it will be delicious but just wanted to point out how unintuitive this recipe is before other people make the mistakes we did! We're basically making a tomato soup at the moment!

BeefyChap5708's picture

Thanks a lot Emma! Thanks to you I got an A* in my GCSE. This is the best dish ever. I am really happy. Once again, thanks a lot !!!!

Rascalmum's picture

Delicious!! Love the tip for making sauce and freezing. Will definitely be doing that in the future :)

redlipstick's picture

This went down brilliantly with my lasagne-loving partner and our son. Made enough for 4 people and left out the prosciutto. Also made enough ragu sauce to freeze and make lasagne again two more times.

bencanalto's picture
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As a youngster, lasagne was my favourite meal which my Dad would do for special occasions. Since then, I've had to adopt a dairy free diet but have found good substitutes meaning I was able to make this and it was as close to the 'real thing' as I could've wanted. The nutmeg made all the difference for me. Thank you.

mrs amo's picture

Made this tonight & comments from the family were 'make this again mum, it was amazing' - Result! I too added some Worcester sauce just because we like it, but everything else was as per the recipe. So will be making this again & again.

shejon's picture

I agree with some of the comments re new site, The old site was so much easier to navigate.

aqueous123's picture

This is a fantastic recipe, I make the ragu in double quantities and freeze half so next time I make it it's much quicker. I think it needs a bit of a kick so I add some Worcester sauce but it's still good as it comes.

EmmasApron's picture

I have made this many times and it’s always well received. I made a few weeks ago for a family meal and for my brothers girlfriend who is a veggie. I used the same sauces etc just used quorn in hers instead (she will have stock, just not meat) and she loved it. I make batches of this sauce to keep in the freezer and use it with pasta and meatballs

pamheathcote's picture

I must be missing something. I was hoping to get a meat eaters and veggie option out of same recipe as it suggests. It seems to me that neither the red or white sauce are substantial enough for a veggie meal. I am looking forward to the meaty version though having read the reviews. I am a keen user of this site but much preferred the original version. I find this one very slow and not easy to navigate

eskrimadiva's picture

Lovely recipe. I added chopped celery celeryand fresh chillies to the tomato sauce. Little kick that went down well :-)

barristerboy's picture

Brilliant recipe! My kids absolutely love this. 5 stars. Tomato sauce is above where it says 'Tip.' Use the arrows to go to the second page.

Rowena Wilkes's picture
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Where is the tomato sauce recipe?? I find this new website layout so confusing.

zaanstad's picture

I agree, this new site is terrible, whoever is responsible should be sacked.